Here are this week's releases on WiiWare, DSiWare, and Virtual Console!
FINAL FANTASY MYSTIC QUEST Original platform: Super NES Publisher: Square Enix Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Fantasy Violence Price: 800 Wii Points™ Description: Return to a time of classic action and adventure. Young Benjamin embarks on a quest to reclaim the stolen crystals that are the key to balancing the four elements of the world. Experience this treasured Super NES™ game on the Wii system and save the world once more!
ThruSpace Publisher: Nintendo Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 800 Wii Points Description: ThruSpace is an exciting puzzle game in which you move and rotate an object called a keydron through gaps in walls. Putting your keydron through a gap earns you points, but mastering this ability allows you to perform combos (picking up pairs of crystals simultaneously) and tricks (rotating the keydron so that its shadow covers all of the gap before passing through it), which are key to achieving high scores. Refine your skills in multiple game modes (Normal, Endless and Trick Challenge), brush up on the rules in Keydron Tutorial, or watch replay data in Keydron Memories. As the game progresses, the number of available keydrons, backgrounds, stages and levels will increase. If you have a broadband Internet connection, you can register your high scores on the leaderboard via Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection and compare scores with other ThruSpace players. This game is easy to play but difficult to master. Do you have the skills and reflexes necessary to overcome the increasingly complex challenges of ThruSpace?
Happy Holidays Halloween Publisher: 505 Games Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 500 Wii Points Description: Create and send fun Halloween cards! Use your imagination and dress your character in different costumes, then decorate the card choosing a background, music and lots of stickers. Using the Wii Remote™ controller, you can easily navigate through the different menus and add stickers in the position and size of your choice. Once the card is finished, write a personal note and send it to your friends.
Snapdots Publisher: Nintendo Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points™ Description: Welcome to Snapdots! Complete dozens of puzzle pictures by rotating the puzzle to find the best angle and shooting blocks from your UFO. If the placement isn't quite right, use the UFO to retrieve blocks and shoot them in different spots. Adding to the challenge, puzzles often contain several types of blocks and spots, each with its own characteristics. Journey to multiple planets to tackle puzzles individually in Puzzle mode, or try to clear as many puzzles as you can within a time limit in the frenetic Time Attack mode. In either mode, strategy and action combine to create a classic puzzle game that definitely hits the spot.
Armada Publisher: Zoo Games, Inc. Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Violence Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Armada puts you in command of a military aircraft carrier. It's up to you to safely land and refuel fighters, bombers and medical helicopters. Avoid deadly collisions, battle turbulent weather conditions and engage the enemy. With your reputation on the line and lives at stake, you'll need quick thinking and smart strategies in order to protect and direct the military aircraft to safety. If you aren't careful, enemies will surround your carrier and sabotage your mission. Take control and prove yourself a hero!
Academy: Tic-Tac-Toe Publisher: Gamelion Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points Description: One of the world's most famous pen-and-paper game for two players can now be in your pocket wherever you go. If there's no one around to play the game with you, don't worry: skillful AI players will gladly play with you in any of the four Tic-Tac-Toe variants available. If a single 3-by-3 playing field makes you claustrophobic, try the new Nine Board mode that adds a nice twist and more strategic depth to the game. Prove you're a worthy Tic-Tac-Toe player by entering the Tic-Tac-Toe League and advancing from the initial School Club League, through Academic, City, National and World Leagues, all the way up to the Super Stars League. Claim the top spot and become the Tic-Tac-Toe champ!
Music on: Playing Piano Publisher: Abylight Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Playing the piano has never been so easy and so much fun! This new collection of 15 popular songs allows you to enjoy a complete musical experience even if you have no prior knowledge of the piano. Notes transformed into rectangles appear over the piano keys to show you where, when and how to play them. The song speed increases depending on the game's level. Music on: Playing Piano is an easy and intuitive game that will challenge your auditory and visual coordination.
I played a couple hours of Mystic Quest. Some things are sort of interesting, but most of it is fairly simplistic. The overworld map is more like Mario 3 than a normal FF map, where you choose your area. I remember some spots requiring you to fight 10 enemy battles before proceeding (I guess this was the game's equivalent of random battles?). All in all, it didn't seem to have much depth, so you're probably better off getting FF4 or something.
Surprised at the MQ hate I've been hearing. What the hell, I loved this game as a kid. I have fond memories of renting it along with The Fly (1986). I remember being so saddened and disturbed by the movie's ending then turning this on and feeling much better. The music's fuckin' incredible too, I dare anybody to knock it.
Mystic Quest was alright but it was basically the equivalent of a starter RPG. Very, very basic. And I didn't know this at the time, all I knew was that it was the only "Final Fantasy" game at Gamestop that wasn't still like $50 used. At this point I had never played a Final Fantasy game, was just getting into RPGs. So I bought it, got a bit of fun from it, but it definitely didn't compare to other RPGs I had played (Secret of Mana, Lufia and the Fortress of Doom, etc.)
Well this musta been 1992 or 1993? I woulda been 7 or 8. But I've played it since then and have enjoyed it so I'm not sure if it has to do with me being a kid or not. I'm sure I'd still love it now. I so need to download it.
I would like to point out that I had never played an RPG at the point I played Mystic Quest, so I was probably like, "What the fuck is this shit?" the whole time I was playing. Actually, that's exactly how I was. Yes, I was 15 and had been playing games since I could hold a controller, and had never played an RPG. I just... never knew a single person who played them, and they obviously never caught my eye when I was at a store.
First RPG I actually sat down and played was EarthBound, and that's just because I was curious about Ness after unlocking him in the original Smash. And that was such a damn good game. Then I tried playing other RPGs and discovered a lot of them suck.
I enjoyed Mystic Quest, but it's definitely simple compared to actual Final Fantasy games. I wouldn't recommend it unless you're just curious about how exactly it plays. Or if you want to hear the awesome fucking badass music (the track Zero linked is also awesome).
Everyone has different tastes in games. Kal-El814 didn't really dig Golden Sun. Oh well.
Get this: a couple of buddies of mine told me that one of the greatest games ever was some PC game called System Shock 2. I tried it out, and it ended up being a bore-fest IMHO. Did not like. But apparently that's the game that the now highly-lauded Bioshock series is based off of, so maybe it wasn't as bad as I thought? I dunno... but I think different tastes play into each player's perception of what's good and what's not.
I don't like Bioshock, either. That game put the "B-O" in BORING. (imho)
Yeah, I didn't think much of Golden Sun either. The environmental puzzles were fun, but the writing was extremely wordy while saying barely anything. The characters were generally uninteresting and I didn't like how if you mixed Djinn between the cast, you'd always get worse spells and abilities.